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The perfect ending; Knights finish undefeated in the regular season

February 21, 2014
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By John Goralski
Kayla Nati performs her final regular season floor routine during a victory over North Haven.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Kaitlyn O’Donnell waved off the official and put an arm around her senior captain. “This will be Kayla Nati’s last floor routine at this gym,” said the Southington coach. For four years Nati has been the blue collar workhorse for the Knights. Since she was a child, she had been…

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Gymnasts continue to roll; Lady Knights improve to 7-0 with win over Farmington

February 7, 2014
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By John Goralski
Kayla Nati performs her floor routine during a win over Farmington on Satur-day, Feb. 1.

By John Goralski Sports Writer It wasn’t spectacular. It wasn’t their highest score of the season, but on Saturday, Feb. 1, the Knights did what they had to do to win. Nagging injuries continued to plague the Lady Knight gymnasts. Many were tired after a night of club gymnastics just a few hours earlier, but…

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RHAM tough; Gymnasts break the 140 barrier

January 31, 2014
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By John Goralski
Freshman Hannah Weir dances across the floor during a 138.5-118.5 win over Wethersfield.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Marilyn Sporbert twisted and turned through the air for a 9.25 on vault just moments after Kayla Nati secured a 9.1. Nati led the Knights on bars (8.75). Lexi Rothstein led a string of dancers across the beam (8.85), and the trio each posted nine-point-something scores on the floor. On…

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The Head of the Class; Knights edge Glastonbury in Class L rivalry

January 24, 2014
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Vicky Castillo clears the vault during a Lady Knight victory over Glastonbury on Jan. 18.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Fan packed into the seats alongside the beam and crowded into the spaces between mats. Spectators huddled in every open space just to catch a glimpse of the regular season rivalry between Glastonbury gymnasts and  the Lady Knights. Most pundits predict that the Class L title will come down to…

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Defending their title; Gymnasts open the season with 3 wins

January 17, 2014
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By John Goralski
Lexi Rothstein performs on beam at the gymnastics season opener against Conard. The Lady Knights began the season with three wins.

By John Goralski Sports Writer One girl slipped off the bars. Another one slipped off the beam. The vault and floor routines were about as perfect as they could be on the first competition, but Southington gymnasts picked right back up where they finished in their Class L title defense. On Wednesday, Jan. 8, the…

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The Perfect 10; Kristy Dougan launched a dynasty

October 18, 2013
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By John Goralski Sports Writer steadied herself on the diving board and waited for the signal from officials. She had her back to the pool. Fans and coaches held their breath. Dougan hadn’t performed a single dive as she rehabbed her fractured ankle during the regular season, but here she was at the state meet,…

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The Gold Medal Gang; The 2005 Lady Knight gymnasts were the best in school history

July 19, 2013
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2005 CHRONICLE YEARBOOK COURTESY OF THE SOUTHINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
The 2005 Lady Knight gymnastics team shattered state and national records on their way to a Class L championship, a State Open championship, and a New England title. The team launched a dynasty that raised the bar for Southington teams. Front, from left, Kelsie Straub, Nikki Salvatore, co-captain Kristen Rossi, co-captain Sara Stylinski, Kelsey Opozda, and Alysha Hill. Middle, Jackie Nadeau, co-captain Krissy Scarfo, Jennifer Roberts, Jessica Roberts, and Kelsey Boyce. Back, Kristy Dougan, Kelly Dougan, Shannon Strachel, Jessica Gianatti, Brittany Johnson, Yvette Mirando, Becca Wiltse, and Bonnie Tormay.

By John Goralski Sports Writer When the Lady Knights entered the Milford gym for the 2005 Class L championship meet, a hush descended upon the crowd. Gymnasts stopped their practice routines to get a better look at the team that had a stranglehold on the state’s sports headlines. Coaches stared. Officials laid down their pens…

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The best of the best; Erin Malone wins New England title, Lady Knight gymnasts finish 4th overall

March 15, 2013
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By John Goralski
Kayla Nati performs on beam at the Class L championships on Feb. 23. Nati battled through injury at the NE Championships on March 9 to help lift the Knights to a fourth place finish.

by John Goralski Sports Writer Kayla Nati crashed into the vault and tumbled to the floor in a tangled heap, and Southington’s hopes for a top five finish at the New England championship meet seemed to evaporate as their junior captain clutched at her ankle and knee while blood poured from her nose like a…

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Back to New Englands; Gymnasts place second at State Open meet; advance to regional championships as a team

March 8, 2013
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By John Goralski
Kayla Nati dances across the floor at the CT State Open championships in New Milford on Friday, March 1.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Lexi Rothstein shrugged off her typical handspring and corkscrew twist off the vault to embrace a more difficult Tsukahara tuck. Marilyn Sporbert switched her dismount on the beam to squeeze out another tenth of a point from the judges, and Erin Malone continued to evolve her routines with tougher skills…

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Reclaiming their throne; Gymnasts floor Glastonbury to claim Class L title

March 1, 2013
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By John Goralski
Erin Malone flips across the vault during her first routine at the Class L championships on Saturday, Feb. 23. Malone scored more points than any other gymnast and led the scoring in three out of four events.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Southington gymnasts launched themselves across the vault in perfect precision to set the tone for the Class L championships and carried that momentum onto the bars. On Saturday, Feb. 23 the Lady Knights held a comfortable lead after two events, but it all came crashing down as one-by-one the Lady…

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